Maria Garcia from Firth and Michael Hirschi from Pocatello have never met and do not know each other, yet on November 23, 2015 the two eastern Idaho residents’ paths became inexpiably intertwined to create one of the most unique days ever for the Idaho Lottery.
Late yesterday morning Hirschi arrived at the Idaho Lottery offices holding a $50,000 winning Greenline Slingo ticket he purchased from the Common Cents store on Jefferson in Pocatello the Saturday before. At the time, Greenline Slingo was over 92% sold and had two outstanding top prizes left. Hirschi claimed the first one.
“I bought it Saturday morning when I went to my local store for a cup of coffee to help get me going for the day,” explained Hirschi on his winning purchase. “I played it, didn’t believe it, so I set it aside and watched a little college football and woke up. Then I checked it again. I still don’t believe it.”
A few hours later, Garcia arrived in Boise at Idaho Lottery headquarters holding the second Greenline Slingo $50,000 winning ticket, one she had purchased last week before from the Hard Times 1 store in Firth. Garcia held on to the ticket for several days, carrying it unscratched in her purse until Saturday before she remembered she had the ticket.
“At first I thought it was only a couple of lines, but then I started looking at it and looking at it. I checked it at the store and wow!” described Garcia. “I had been carrying around a ticket worth $50,000 and didn’t even know it.”
And although claiming their prizes was separated by a few hours, both said exactly the same thing about what their intentions were for their winnings. They plan to pay off some bills and celebrate Christmas well.
When Garcia claimed her ticket, it officially ended the game.
Congratulations Maria Garcia and Michael Hirschi for making November 23, 2015 Greenline Slingo Day!